Arundel man given 30-year term in strangling of his girlfriend

He was on probation for attacking her earlier

October 14, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Millersville man who pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend this year while on probation for attacking her last year was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday.

Robert Charles Antonelli, 39, was charged in February with strangling Nancy Susan Kreamer, 44, less than a month after a county judge placed him on three years of supervised probation for choking the woman to unconsciousness in September last year.

At a hearing in July, Antonelli pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and told the judge that he has been hospitalized for symptoms of bipolar disorder. Police have said that the day after Kreamer's death, when Antonelli surrendered, he told investigators that he remembered only arguing with Kreamer.

Assistant State's Attorney Frederick Paone said after sentencing that he was not surprised by Judge Paul A. Hackner's decision to give Antonelli the maximum sentence.

"This guy is a bully ... of the basest kind," Paone said. "Judge Hackner recognized a domestic violence case like this has to be dealt with in the extreme, and we're very pleased he did what he did."

Antonelli must serve at least half of his term before becoming eligible for parole, Paone said.

Kreamer's relatives were not present yesterday but have attended past proceedings. When Antonelli was led into court for his plea hearing in July, Sharon Dotson held up the gold-colored urn containing her sister's ashes and asked him, "How to you like her now, Robert?"

Dotson could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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